Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys in Salem, Oregon
Our auto accident attorneys at Johnson and Taylor understand that being injured or losing a loved one in a crash with a drunk driver can be a traumatic, life-changing experience. We treat each client as if they’re our only client and provide the personalized attention needed to help you get through challenging times. Our committed to helping you and your family find the justice and compensation you deserve.
Seeking Damages In Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Although DUI charges are typically brought in criminal court, drunk drivers who cause property damage, injury, or death can be sued for damages in civil court as well. Compensatory damages awarded by the civil court may include compensation for various damages, including medical bills, past and future earnings, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and wrongful death.
Criminal DUI Charges And Victim Impact Statements
If a drunk driver injured you or caused the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to make a statement in criminal court when they’re sentenced. This statement may influence any civil matter you may be pursuing against the driver or other liable parties, so it’s crucial to consult with your lawyer before speaking out in court.
Oregon Dram Shop Law
Oregon also has a Dram Shop law, which means an establishment or individual that served or sold alcohol to an intoxicated person may also be liable for damages if that person caused property damage or injury to others. There are strict deadlines for filing Dram Shop claims, so it’s vital to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.
Accidents Involving Big Trucks
If a DUI accident was caused by a truck driver who was under the influence, the trucking company or other parties may be liable for any damages that were caused. Our skilled accident attorneys can assess your case and help you pursue all possible sources of compensation for your injuries.
Investigation Of Cases Involving Drunk Drivers
Our accident attorneys are well-versed in handling all types of drunk driving injury cases. Our team thoroughly investigates the facts surrounding your case, which may include gathering valuable evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records. Our team may also engage the services of experts, such as medical professionals and accident reconstructionists.
Often, drunk driving accidents involve motorists who have multiple DUI convictions, drunk driving charges, high blood-alcohol levels, and reckless driving, which can all be important factors in determining the amount of compensation you’re entitled.
What To Do Following An Accident
If you suspect that a motorist who caused an accident was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s important to take certain steps to protect your rights. Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. If you’re able, take photos of the scene, collect the other drivers’ insurance information, and gather contact information from any witnesses. While it’s fresh in your mind, jot down everything you remember about how the accident occurred. Inform law enforcement officers if you believe alcohol or drugs played a part in the accident. Contacting us immediately following a crash can ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
Contact Our Accident Attorneys To Schedule A Free Consultation
Our team fights for your rights, provides compassionate legal support, and guides you through the process every step of the way. Our Salem accident attorneys serve clients in Keizer, Woodburn, Albany, Dallas, and Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill counties as well. Some members of our team at Johnson and Taylor are fluent in Spanish. Contact us online or call 503-990-6641 to schedule a free initial consultation.